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Drawing of a nuclear reactor based on Chicago Pile-1 from the 1944 patent application by inventors Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard. (Image courtesy Argonne National Laboratory)

The Atomic Age's Beginnings on a Squash Court in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

75 years ago on December 2, scientists at the University of Chicago inaugurated the nuclear era by engineering the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Learn about the origins of nuclear power and the upsides and downsides of its future.

The Museum of Science and Industry's Great Train Story exhibit. (Courtesy of J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

MSI's Train Guy

Daniel Hautzinger

"The Great Train Story" at the Museum of Science and Industry is a beloved stalwart of the museum. Meet the man who maintains it in advance of a NOVA episode on "Why Trains Crash," airing February 22 at 9:00 pm.
The Regent Seven Seas Explorer. (Courtesy of Martin Gorst)

The Extravagant Features of a Luxury Cruise Ship

Daniel Hautzinger

Personal butlers, in-suite spas, prints by Chagall and Picasso, hand-blown Murano glass: this is a cruise at its most luxurious.
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